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EJ Jackson Limousine annual turkey giveaway day event low on donations

November 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A 30-year tradition of feeding the needy this holiday season could be in jeopardy. A business that's handed out Thanksgiving feasts to thousands says it's been hit by hard times.

Last year more than 10,000 needy people braved lines wrapped around several blocks to get a Thanksgiving feast from Jackson Limousine Service in South L.A.

This year E.J. Jackson says donations are critically low, and with the 30th annual turkey giveaway at his business next Tuesday, he is concerned.

"It's very bad. We need donations and everything. One-hundred percent goes to the people. We need turkeys, we need canned goods, we need a lot of things, because we want to help these people," said Jackson.

Volunteers say donations are trickling in. However, so far they say demand is far ahead of supply.

They add if things do not change by next Tuesday, the day of the event, a lot of people are going to be disappointed.

"We would hate to push them away and see a child that's been standing there with their family for three days waiting on a meal, but we would have to push them away because we don't have any donations coming in," said Lyn Tavai, a Jackson Limousine employee.

Vietnam veteran Edward Bush, 60, says he looks forward to a Thanksgiving meal from Jackson Limousine.

"A lot of people in the community wouldn't have a turkey dinner unless they did this. It is a very important humanitarian thing they do," said Bush.

Jackson says this is the second year in a row donations have been way down, but he is maintaining the same faith he had last Thanksgiving holiday, that in the nick of time God will help him feed the needy.

Jackson says he has devoted 30 years to feeding the needy every Thanksgiving holiday for a special reason.

"Long time ago when I was in Cleveland, Ohio, there used to be a little Jewish bakery, and the Jewish family that owned the bakery, they always make sure that the people in the community, the people around them, ate. And that touched me so much. When we didn't have no money going to school, they give us a donut or give us some bread," said Jackson.


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